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Bacon Jam
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5 from 2 votes

Chocolate Bourbon Bacon Jam Recipe

If you've never had bacon jam, you're in for a real treat. Chocolate and bourbon add extra complexity that you won't find in the typical recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Stefani

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 pounds bacon cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup molasses do not use blackstrap molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate finely chopped (chips are also fine)

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon in a small dutch oven or heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium heat until brown, but not yet crispy. It will release lots of grease.
  • Remove the cooked bacon from the pot and set aside on top of paper towels to absorb excess grease.
  • Pour off all but approximately 1 tablespoon of the grease from the pot and discard (or save as a fat for future cooking).
  • Add onions to the pot with the remaining bacon grease and cook until translucent, about 6 minutes.
  • Add in bourbon, vinegar, water, molasses, and brown sugar, and bring to a boil, scraping down the sides to release browned bits.
  • Add in the chocolate and cooked bacon, and stir to combine.
  • Reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for two hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes. You're halfway done!
  • Use a hand blender or food processor to puree the jam until you reach a smooth texture that still has some bacon bits remaining. You don't want a puree, but you do want something spreadable.
  • Continue to simmer on low heat for another 2 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes, until jam has reduced to a thicker consistency. When you're done, the jam will resemble a thick, meaty pasta sauce. It will get much thicker after it cools.
  • When the jam cools to room temperature, refrigerate it for a few hours.
  • A large quantity of the grease will rise to the top of the bacon jam and congeal in the fridge. Unless you are a glutton for grease, scrape it all off and discard it.
  • Warm the jam in the microwave right before serving.

Notes

Bacon jam lasts for a week in the refrigerator. Freeze it if you need it to last longer than that.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg